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Astoria Steel Brownfield Site

Paving the way for a residential community to bloom on a former foundry site

  • 52K

    Square Feet

  • $10M

    Environmental Costs

  • 2200

    PCB Samples

  • Astoria, New York

    Astoria, New York

A brownfield site investigation and remediation to allow for new development and enhance the community

Before the Astoria Steel site—a brownfield location in the Tri-State region—could be transformed into a new, mixed-use community, our team would have to step in to provide environmental services. We would analyze the 52,000-square-foot site for Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs), a harmful and outdated compound. Doing so helped to determine whether the brownfield site could be redeveloped into a safe, urban setting.

Our PCB site characterization for this former foundry involved many steps. We evaluated concrete, asphalt, and soil samples on a 25-square-foot grid across the site, and we collected soil samples on 10-square-foot grids where PCBs were identified. Other contaminants at this NYSDEC Brownfield site included chlorinated solvents, petroleum, heavy metals, pesticides, ash, and cinders.

We provided several critical actions, such as removing and disposing of PCB hazardous waste surface debris, power-washing and vacuuming the entire site, and installing construction fencing. Our efforts removed contaminants, addressed potential water and wind-blown erosion, reduced contaminant levels in the buildings, and prevented trespassing and vandalism. The result? Achieving our client’s goals, saving our client’s money, and benefitted the surrounding community.

Meet Our Team

Dwight Harrienger, Senior Associate

Protecting the environment, enhancing lives, and developing consensus—these make my work fulfilling every day.

Stephanie Reynolds-Smith, Hydrogeologist

I believe I contribute to society every time I define the extent of contamination, design the remediation, and see a property reused.

Dwight Harrienger

Senior Associate

Stephanie Reynolds-Smith


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